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Bar Flies Best of Phoenix Edition: Tickets on Sale Now for September 30 Event

Last night marked the third Bar Flies, New Times' live reading series at Valley Bar. Pretty good, right? Now that you've got the drill down, we're going to change things up. 

On September 30, Phoenix New Times will join with Scottsdale Public Art and Museum of Walking to present a special Bar Flies. 

The line-up features Becky Bartkowski, Rebecca FIsh Ewan, Brandon Ferderer, Tania Katan, Laurie Notaro, Sativa Peterson.

The evening's theme is "Take a Walk," and we mean that literally. 

From the official event description:

This progressive event starts at Valley Bar, takes a walk, and ends at Crescent Ballroom. A walk, you say? Yes—how often do you give a walk your full attention? What might you see, smell, hear when walking that you would otherwise miss in a car? What new thoughts might you have? Museum of Walking and Scottsdale Public Art invite you to observe a section of our urban landscape as you take a group walk from Valley Bar to Crescent Ballroom. Upon arriving at Crescent, you will be invited to post a map of your own walk before listening to the night’s featured writers read works inspired by their walks of the same route.  

Sound complicated? It's not. All you need to do is show up at Valley Bar by 6 (doors open at 5) for the full interactive experience, or — if you prefer to skip the walk — at Crescent Ballroom before 7 (doors open at 6). 

Unlike past Bar Flies events, this reading will take place at Crescent Ballroom and it will be ticketed. Tickets are $10, they're on sale now, and they're gonna go faster than a walk around the block. 

We'll have freebies, music by Audio Ranch, a Best of Phoenix "Painted Desert" cocktail, and even a hashtag — #takeawalkphx. 

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at